Thundridge Old Church

Thundridge Old Church

SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

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Approaching Cold Christmas

Approaching Cold Christmas

SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

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The Ash River Valley

The Ash River Valley

SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

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Hollycross Lake in Autumnal Colours

Hollycross Lake in Autumnal Colours

SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

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Amwell Nature Reserve

Amwell Nature Reserve

SWC Walk 165 - St. Margarets Circular

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Ash river survey

Ash river survey

and they're definitely not walkers...well, not today anyway

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Hen party

Hen party

Well, what were you egg-specting?

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St Margarets Circular walk

Quiet rolling Hertfordshire countryside, a haunted, ruined church and long stretches in scenic river valleys.

Length 25.7 km (16.0 miles)
Maps OS Landranger Map: 166 (Luton & Hertford) and 167 (Chelmsford, only for a very tiny part) OS Explorer Map: 194 (Hertford & Bishop’s Stortford). St. Margarets Station, map reference TL 381117, is in East Hertfordshire, 6 km south east of Hertford, and 29m above sea level.
Toughness 5 out of 10
Features

This walk leads along ancient tracks and green lanes through some very quiet, rolling East Hertfordshire countryside defined by wheat fields and woods, in-between extensive stretches along the Ash, Rib and Lea rivers. Cold Christmas hamlet and a haunted, ruined church are passed just before lunch in Wadesmill.
Long parts of the afternoon route are spent in the quiet scenic Ash valley, before passing through Amwell Nature Reserve, a bird watcher’s paradise. The final stretch leads along the Lea Navigation back to St. Margarets.

Stile Count: 1; Arable Field Crossings: 300 metres.

A considerably shorter version with lunch in Wareside is possible.

Transport St. Margarets Station is on the Liverpool Street to Hertford East line (and within the Oyster Pay As You Go-area) with a half-hourly service, journey time 39 minutes (42 on Sundays). Trains stop at Tottenham Hale (connect from the Victoria Line). Buy a return to St. Margarets (Herts).

Saturday Walkers' Club: Take the train closest to 9.45 hours, if walking the full walk, and the one closest to 10.15 hours for the shortest version.

Walk Options

Shortcut I cuts out the outer loop of this walk to leave an hourglass-shaped walk of 19.5 km (12.2 mi), while also cutting ascent/descent by 66m, this is rated 3/10.
Shortcut II cuts out 1.6 km (1.0 mi) and 12m ascent/descent from the main walk, around lunch (5/10).
You can also take buses to Ware station from all the lunch pubs (Mon-Sat only).

Lunch

Long Walk
The Anchor Cambridge Road, Wadesmill, Herts, SG12 0TD (01920 462 861). The Anchor is located 10.8 km (6.7 mi) into the main walk. Open all day every day. Food served 11.30-21.00 every day. The listed building is steeped in traditional charm, and has generous outdoor seating (though close to a busy road), plus lots of nooks and crannies as well as larger seating areas inside. A Marston’s pub.
The Feathers Inn 49 Cambridge Road, Wadesmill, Herts, SG12 0TN (01920 462 606). Open daily 11.00-23.00. Food served daily 11.00-22.00. The Feathers Inn and Hotel is located 10.9 km (6.8 mi) into the main walk. It was originally a 17th century coaching inn, in the early 1600s the inn was called The Princes Arms and had been owned by various blacksmiths and tanners. In 1670 the name was changed to 'The Feathers'. It subsequently became one of the busiest coaching inns in the area, stabling over 100 horses. Documents of the period mention five bedrooms, a step parlour, moon parlour, lion parlour and various other rooms. Today the inn is a mix of beautifully conserved buildings, combined with modern facilities.

Short Walk
The White Horse Ware Road, Wareside, Ware, Herts, SG12 7QX (01920 464 433). Open all day every day. The White Horse is located 12.9 km (8.0 mi) into the shortcut version of the walk and 6.7 km (4.1 mi) from the end of all walk options.
Chequers Inn Ware Road, Wareside, Ware, Herts, SG12 7QY (01920 467 010). Open Mon-Sat 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-23.00, Sun 12.00-16.00 and 18.00-22.30. Food served Mon-Sun 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-21.00. The Chequers Inn is located 12.9 km (8.0 mi) into the shortcut version of the walk and 6.7 km (4.1 mi) from the end of all walk options.

Tea

The Jolly Fisherman 8 Station Road, Stanstead St. Margarets, Ware, Herts, SG12 8DH (01920 870 125). Open Mon-Sat 11.00-23.00, Sun 12.00-22.30. Food served Mon-Sat 12.00-21.30 and Sun 12.00-20.30. A McMullen’s pub with outdoor seating by the Lea Navigation.
The Oak 36 High Street, Stanstead Abbotts, Ware, Herts, SG12 8AG (01920 877 294). Open Tue-Thu 12.00-23.00, Fri-Sat 12.00-24.00, Sun 12.00-22.00. Food served Tue-Thu 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-21.00, Fri 12.00-14.30 and 18.00-21.30, Sat 09.00-11.00, 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-21.30, Sun 09.00-11.00 and 12.00-16.00. The Oak is a village pub and dining rooms, specialising in fish and seafood from the Cornish coast.
The Red Lion 1 High Street, Stanstead Abbots, Ware, Herts, SG12 8AA (01920 410 056). Open daily to 23.00, Fri-Sat to 24.00. Lunch served Mon-Sat 12.00-15.00, Sun 12.00-17.00. Dinner served Tue-Sat 18.30-21.30. Built in 1538, The Red Lion is one of the oldest buildings in the area and the second oldest in Stanstead Abbotts. There is a patio garden at the rear of the building as well as a large garden.

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